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Khulna take revenge on Chattogram

  • Atif Azam from Chattogram
  • 29 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Khulna take revenge on Chattogram

Khulna Tigers took revenge for their first-leg defeat as they thrashed Chattogram Challengers by six wickets to clinch their second win in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Friday.

Khulna’s Sri Lankan recruit Thisara Perera starred with the ball as he claimed 3-18 to help his side restrict Chattogram to 143-8 before Andre Fletcher (58 off 47) and Mushfiqur Rahim (44 off 30 not out) played some handy knocks to take their side to 144-4 in 18.5 overs to complete a dominating victory. This was Khulna’s second win in three matches while Chattogram now won two and lost two in their four games.

Sent into bat first, Chattogram lost Kennar Lewis (one) in the second over but Will Jacks and Afif Hossain (44) put up a 57-run stand for the second wicket that brought them back in the game.

Perera broke the stand by bowling Jacks out for 28 and since then Chattogram batters failed to make decent partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals to get reduced to 116-8. Naeem Islam played a late cameo of unbeaten 25 off 19 balls that only helped his side cross the 140-run mark in a batting-friendly wicket in Chattogram.

“The way boys bowled on that track was a great effort and also the fielding was excellent. Fletcher was outstanding,” Mushfiqur said after the match.

Khulna made a similar start in the chase as Chattogram as they lost opener Soumya Sarkar (one) in the second over but got a decent 50-run stand in the second wicket between Fletcher and Rony Talukdar (17).

Mushfiqur was then involved in two crucial stands of 46 and 45 respectively with Fletcher and Seekkuge Prasanna (23) and scored the winning single off Mehidy Hasan to steer Khulna home with seven balls to spare.

“Wicket was excellent. On this wicket 170 is a good score. First six overs we played well but didn't get a score in the middle overs,” Chattogram skipper Mehidy said after the match.

Fletcher, who smashed six fours and two sixes in his fifty-plus knock, was adjudged player of the match.